(b 1937, American)


Mark Harris is a stone sculptor, whose works are in the line of the early Modernism of Brancusi and Arp. While his figures depict natural subjects, mainly wildlife, his style abstracts to a geometric formalism. Being of stone and based in nature, Harris’ sculptures resonate with ecological themes and a love of the great outdoors.

Harris first realized his true passion in the Southwest. Stone carving became his life’s work, as Santa Fe became his home in the late 1990s. With much to learn, Harris chose a mentor whom he had long admired to assist him with honing his burgeoning artistic skills – sculptor Bill Prokopiof (Aleut, 1944-1999). In the spirit of the nation’s most recognized Native American artist, Allan Houser (Chiricahua Apache, 1915-1994), Prokopiof and sculptor Doug Hyde (Nez Perce) took Harris under their wings and generously shared their immense knowledge, talent, and vision. It should be remembered here that the multi-million dollar sculptures of Brancusi and Arp were, themselves, highly influenced by native arts from around the world.

Prior to developing as an artist, Harris had spent many years in the area of sustainable urban development (specifically real estate and hotels), a conventional career in which he was quite successful, but not fully satisfied. The transition into a wholly fulfilling trade was both challenging and exciting. The artistic passion that had existed just beneath the surface of Harris’s long-established business persona was finally emerging. He accessed the invaluable experience of his mentors, along with his own vision, to create an evolving body of work in alabaster, marble, limestone, and bronze, often combining different elements to bring forth contrasts of composition. Over the past fifteen years, Harris has continued to challenge himself as a sculptor, finding it important to continue learning through master workshops and teaching.



Fine Art for Children and Teens (FACT) in Santa Fe, New Mexico



Mark Yale Harris: Figurative Abstractions in 2010 (ARTWORK International, Inc. Press)

Mark Yale Harris: Untamed, 2011 -- Acclaimed Artist Series (ibid)

Mark Yale Harris, A Retrospective 2006, 2013 (op cit.)



The Royal Academy of Art, London, U.K.

Marin MOCA, Novato, CA

National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, New Jersey

La Grange Art Museum, GA

National Sculpture Society

Roswell Museum of Art

Millicent Rodgers Museum, Taos, NM

The Wildlife Experience Museum

Peach Arch Park International

Museum of the Southwest

Holter Museum

Masur Museum

Las Cruces Museum of Art

Chesterwood Museum

Palm Springs Art Museum

Austin Museum of Art

Open Air Museum - Ube, Japan

Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art - Biloxi, Mississippi

Polk Museum of Art - Lakeland, Florida

The Village Green Sculpture Park - Cashiers, North Carolina



Hilton Hotels

Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia

Rock Resorts: La Posada Hotel - Santa Fe, New Mexico

Herman Memorial Hospital - Houston, Texas

State of New Mexico - Ruidoso, New Mexico

Four Seasons Hotel - Chicago, Illinois

City of Roanoke Historic District - Roanoke, Virginia



2011 Mark Yale Harris, Curator, National Sculpture Exhibition -

Carbondale, Colorado, Carbondale Council for the Arts and Humanities

Former Vice Chair National Sculpture Society



2011 Studio Immersive, with visiting critics: David Humphrey and Charles Long, Anderson Ranch Arts Center - Snowmass Village, Colorado

2006 Building on Ideas: Looking for Source, intensive workshop with Terry Allen and Jo Harvey

Anderson Ranch Arts Center - Snowmass Village, Colorado

2000 Workshop in creative development with James Surls Anderson Ranch Arts Center - Snowmass Village, Colorado

1997-03 Marble/marble Institute of Colorado - Marble, Colorado

1996 Studied with Doug Hyde, Bill Prokopiof, James Surls, Lincoln Fox, and John Forno

1961 Ohio State University BBS




2015 Art Palm Beach, Florida

2014 SOFA Chicago, Illinois

X Florence Biennale 2015 - Italy

Littleton Museum - Littleton, Colorado

Selected for KUNST 2014 - Berlin, Germany

The Figure Now, Fontbonne University - St. Louis, Missouri

32nd Annual Exhibition, Anderson Ranch Arts Center - Snowmass, Colorado

Julie Morgan Ballroom, Merchants Exchange Building - San Francisco, California (Hosts include: Harrison Ford, Jackie Chan, Edward Norton, Bo Dereck, Ralph Fiennes...)

Turquoise Ball, Millicent Rogers Museum - Taos, New Mexico



International Sculpture Center

New Mexico Sculptors Guild

Texas Society of Sculptors

Texas Fine Arts Association

Friends of Contemporary Art Santa Fe

Austin Visual Artist’s Association

Society of Animal Artists